Doors and cabinets were jimmied, the office was rifled and the safe was stolen from American Legion Post 800 early Saturday morning, Aug. 26. The thieves made off with an estimated $1,200 to $1,500 in cash and valuables.
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When Michael Schnalzer opened the American Legion Post 800 at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, he found a tripped alarm and much destruction. A burglar or burglars had broken into and ransacked the Legion’s offices.

A file cabinet had been pried open, its contents strewn around the office, and the office safe was missing. According to Danny Richardson, Legion commander, the safe contained about $1,200-$1,500 in cash and valuables at the time.

Other damage included the destruction of three locked wooden boxes, and at least two doors appeared to have been jimmied with a 2-inch wide tool.

The alarm had been tripped at 3:07 a.m., but the sound had not alerted anyone.

According to Schnalzer, the person who dialed 911 and spoke to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department personnel, they indicated that because the break-in had taken place so many hours previously, it was too late for them to respond or do anything but take a report.

At the time of this writing, security camera recordings had not yet been analyzed.